- preterm babies with very low birth weight
- babies who can’t digest formula
- sick babies who are failing to grow
Donated milk will give these infants the protections they need to fight germs and stay healthy.
Most healthy mothers with healthy babies are potential candidates for milk donation. The potential donor mom moves through a process much like she would at a blood bank. A detailed medical history is taken, her freezer temperature is approved, her blood is tested for various pathogens, and a genetic “fingerprint” is obtained for identification of her milk. In addition, she needs to provide verification of her health status from her care provider and permission to donate from her baby’s physician or NNP. Once she qualifies as a donor, she brings her milk into the hospital, where it is packed and shipped to California. After it is processed, it is distributed to Newborn Intensive Care Units around the country.
We provide approved donors with everything they need free of charge, including:
- Freezer thermometers
- Blood tests
- Milk collection bags
- Delivery containers
For more information about milk banking or becoming a milk bank donor, call 612-672-4122 or email email@example.com. To apply to become a donor, go to www.milkbanking.net and choose our milk bank from the list provided.